by Jeff Strite

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What Did You Get For Christmas? (3 of 4)
Series: Celebrating God's Gifts
Jeff Strite
Isaiah 9:6-7

OPEN: A Sunday School teacher asked her class "What is Christmas - a time for?"
She got the usual answers-Jesus' birthday, a time of joy, a time to worship God… but then one child raised their hand and answered: "a time for sportsmanship, because you don't always get everything you want."

APPLY: "What do you want for Christmas?" That is a question a lot of people are asked this time of year. Some people are easier to buy for than others.

ILLUS: In the December issue of Biography magazine last year several people answered that question: "What do you want for Christmas?"
Jennifer Aniston said (for Christmas) she wanted to learn to play the guitar, so she'd like a guitar.
That wouldn't be so hard a gift to get…
Jennie Garth said she wanted "diamonds - what else?"
Even that wouldn't be a difficult gift to purchase… depending on how big the diamond was.
Tony Danza wasn't asking for much, just a "big, luxurious jet plane."
And Kirstie Alley - for her there would be nothing quite like a vacation to Italy.
… so some people are easier to buy for than others.

When we buy gifts for our loved ones we try very hard to get presents they either want or need.
The problem of course (with many of the presents people get for each other) is that those gifts often end up in closets or toy boxes and eventually get sold in garage sales or down at "Good Will Store."

The ultimate gift (the Holy Grail of Christmas giving) is give a gift that will last… a gift that will meet such a deep felt need that it is not boxed up and put aside.

In Isaiah, God says: I'm going to give you a gift like that. I'm going to give you a gift that will last for a long, long time.
Let's look at it again: Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting F ...

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